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May 16, 2012

Losing Touch with History

Losing Touch with History

If those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it, we’re in trouble. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

What’s the difference between Winston Churchill and Sherlock Holmes? Well, according to a large cross-section of British teenagers, one’s historical and the other not—but not in the order you think.

In a recent survey of British teens, one- fifth thought Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister who led Britain through World War II, was fictional, and a majority thought the detective of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels actually lived on Baker Street.

At least half also believed that Robin Hood and Elanor Rigby (from the Beatles’ song) really existed too.

I think there’s more to this than just bad education. C. S. Lewis called it chronological snobbery – being so addicted to the latest and greatest stuff, but detached from our own histories. What about you? Do you know history? What about church history? Come to, and I’ll link you to a series about great Christians you’ve never heard of, written by my friend Glenn Sunshine. You’ll love it. For the Point, I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

Winston Churchill didn't really exist, say teens
Aislinn Simpson | The Telegraph | February 04, 2008

Christians Who Change Their World
Glenn Sunshine | The Colson Library | 2010

St. Columbanus (540-615)
Glenn Sunshine | The Christian Worldview Journal | October 17, 2011

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